McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

very good
1,105 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 1,105 |  Reviews: 535
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque mud-grey-green-brown that looks ruby red in the light (looks like elegant bilgewater); has a good three-finger head of tiny-bubbled beige head that settles down quickly and leaves a fine coating. Okay retention; good lacing.

Earthy sweet tones. Cherries and dark fruit intermingled with cinammon and rum. There is a yeasty backbone but it certainly is below the radar.

Quite sweet but not sugary. Really strong notes of fruit and tea right up front with a rising yeastiness towards the end. Not sticky at all, hops and yeast do a great job of cleansing the old palate, with a clean finish and a slightly sticky lingering finish. Kinda tastes like root beer.

Medium bodied with okay carbonation (could have been a bit more for my taste). Decent head, fine finish.

Good beer. Not what I was expecting. It was a lot sweeter than I had hoped but thankfully it is a really fresh sweetness (not sticky/suffocating at all). Definitely not the best Belgian Brown I have had DEFINITELY not as good as their sweet, sweet IPA. But good. Would have again, but probably would not buy it again. If that makes sense.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled in June 2004, poured into a wine glass. Thanks GTH!

A- Pours a murky brown color, topped with a large off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Very fruity, lots of apple and dark fruit, some spice.

T- A bit of sweetness but not too much, starts out with a lot of dark fruit and apple, finishes with more emphasis on caramel, bread, a bit of spiciness. Not getting much of any oxidation or anything, this is actually tasting pretty nice after 9 years.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- A very enjoyable beer, and has held up impressively well after this amount of time.

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Photo of beerbtl
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DJoe
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013
A: Dark, cola-like with a lie head

S: Very appealing. Fruity and earthy, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Caramelly and sweet, but with a nice alcohol balance.

M: Some carbonation upon sipping.
O: Very enjoyable. Has both sweetness and crisp alcohol

Served in a 33cl blottle

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of sfprint
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Exp. 11/2013
A: Dark rootbeer and opaque, rootbeer/cola like head and carbonation. bubbles cling to edge of glass.
S: There's a glue/plastic scent. Rubber boot. Also a dark fruity sweetness. Paint. Pretty strange
T: Alcohol is well hidden. Like a not so sweet soda with a strange flavor. In the cola/rootbeer family. odd
M: Explosion of carbonation upon sipping.
O: certainly an odd beer. I wouldn't jump at this one, but not that I can't appreciate it's quality and uniqueness.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong white head that turns into lacing on the glass. Dark brown to red in color.

The aroma is dominated by spicy phenols, some alcohol in the aroma, some pineapple.

The first things that hits you is spice, with a spice finish. I also pick up some notes of rum, but mostly the taste is dominated by black pepper.

Body is full.

Overall this beer is okay. It is kind of one dimensional when it comes to the malt and the hops. What makes it impressive is the yeast strain. The phenols and pepper are rather enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,105 ratings.
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